Nearing The Promised Land Of Tight Security
The Department of Homeland Security startup date holds special importance as companies try to balance IT security, business innovation and a continuing balky economy.What does the March 1 startup date of the Department of Homeland Security mean for private industry? And, in particular, the parts of private industry charged with maintaining data security? That date holds special importance as companies try to balance IT security, business innovation and a continuing balky economy. In this weeks special eWeek Labs report, "Promise of Security," our Labs staff takes an in-depth look at corporate users security concerns and the actions they are taking to address these concerns. We also talk with the vendor community to find out what range of products and services they will be offering to deal with the impending regulatory security requirements. As Technology Editor Peter Coffee writes, four promises must be kept if IT administrators are to build the best data security operations for their companiesor risk a heavy hand of bureaucracy to the detriment of innovation. Read Peters article to see how far along IT is in delivering on the promise of secure borders, internal controls, community collaboration and operations that keep the public interest at the forefront.
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